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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Cookie Dough Frappuccino

| July 29, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Cookie Dough Frappuccino

In celebration of the first sub-ninety degree day we’ve had this month, I decided to round the week off with Starbucks’ interpretation of an ice cream favorite, cookie dough. “The Cookie Dough Frappuccino” is something I’ve been interested in trying for a while now. I actually heard of it before I ever saw it on […]

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BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant is a generational immigrant story set throughout most of the twentieth century. It was published by Scribner on Dec. 9, 2014. I may have said this some time before, but I am an absolute sucker for beautiful book covers and boy did this one nail it on the head! […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Horchata Frappuccino

| July 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Horchata Frappuccino

Hello and welcome back to another week of testing out all of the hidden treasures in Starbucks’ secret menu. This week I decided to go pick up something called the “Horchata Frappuccino.” From a quick look-up on Google, Horchata means (in Spain and Latin American countries) “a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts […]

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BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

“Paper Towns” is John Green’s third novel. It was published on Oct. 16, 2008 by Dutton Books. By now, you’ve probably heard of John Green from somewhere – his novels, movies, activism, charities and dozen or so youtube channels, most famously Vlogbrothers. He’s getting to be a big deal right now, ever since the immense […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Vanilla Apple Spice (Hot)

| July 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Vanilla Apple Spice (Hot)

When I woke up today, it was cloudy. By the time I got to work, it was windy . I stood by the back door window, alone, watching the rain, and I pondered to myself: “Starbucks, how will you enlighten me today?” So I headed on over and had my two usual baristas make up […]

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BYOB: “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

| July 13, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

“Slaughterhouse Five” is a satirical-wartime novel written by Kurt Vonnegut. It was published in 1969. I have never been a big reader of classical novels. Something about the diction, often slow pace and outdated character archetypes has always put me off from them. I remember the first time I was really asked to read one by a […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Swamp Monster

| July 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The Swamp Monster

A strong name. Mysterious. Disgusting… or beautiful? These are the questions we are setting out to answer with this week’s article in the secret menu series. The swamp monster is aptly named due to it’s green and brown conglomeration of colors with that golden caramel and chocolate cookie crumble topping. It is a drink built […]

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Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake

| July 7, 2015 | 0 Comments
Recipe: Strawberries and Cream Cake

This season calls for many festivities and gatherings, from backyard barbeques to summer picnics. For those that are stumped on what to bring to your next meet up, here is a simple and easy cake recipe that requires few ingredients and less than an hour of your time. Yellow Cake with Strawberries and Whipped Cream […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Cookies and Cream Frappuccino

| July 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Cookies and Cream Frappuccino

The secret menu at Starbucks has a loooooot of cookie-flavored options. Going through them, I wanted to make sure that I kept it cool since summer is still in full force. The “warm sugar cookie coffee” and the “caramel snicker doodle macchiato” both sound amazing, but they can wait a while. Today, we’re going to dive into the Cookies […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Sour Apple Caramel Frappuccino

| June 24, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Sour Apple Caramel Frappuccino

It’s 100 degrees outside. Every time I step out, I can feel the moisture being ripped out of my skin and evaporating into the air around me, so I say, “It’s time for an ice cold drink this week.” I was pretty excited for this one. I’ve always been a big fan of sour green […]

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BYOB: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

“The Carnival at Bray” is a young adult novel set primarily in Ireland. It is Jessie Ann Foley’s debut novel. It was released on Oct. 1, 2014. The early ’90s, in which this novel takes place, is a very interesting period of music for me. I wasn’t born until May of 1994, but I am proud […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The London Fog

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: The London Fog

We’re back again with a new drink off of Starbucks’ expansive secret menu! This time around, I decided to go for something a little different – a little British – rather than the normal coffee base that we’re all used to at Starbucks. As you probably know, Starbucks serves a variety of iced tea and […]

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Building a Budget: Guidelines to College Budgeting

| June 17, 2015 | 0 Comments
Building a Budget: Guidelines to College Budgeting

In the lives of college students, there are many things we consider to be difficult. Waking up early to be on time for class, approaching that seemingly scary professor and climbing up the endless amount of stairs on campus- just to name a few. But one overwhelmingly common challenge that we as young adults face […]

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BYOB: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

| June 16, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “All the Bright Places” by Jennifer Niven

“All the Bright Places” is a young adult novel written by Jennifer Niven and released on Jan. 6, 2015. I’ve read a ton of YA at this point and honestly I have become very picky with it, especially now that my teenage years are behind me. I am not as interested in those fantasy worlds […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Raspberry Caramel Macchiato

| June 9, 2015 | 1 Comment
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Raspberry Caramel Macchiato

Caramel is an ugly obsession of mine. I love it in my coffee, on my ice cream, my pie, my pastries. I even call it the way it was meant to be pronounced: “care-a-mel.” The caramel macchiato is a classic favorite for me. It’s a simple mixture of vanilla syrup, milk, espresso roast and that […]

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Three Easy College Breakfast Ideas

| June 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
Three Easy College Breakfast Ideas

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, they say. But why is it that so many college students fail to eat breakfast on a daily basis? The excuses range from no appetite in the morning to no time for breakfast to maybe even waking up at noon- when it is already time for […]

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Foodie Friday: Sunflour Baking Company

| June 5, 2015 | 0 Comments
Foodie Friday: Sunflour Baking Company

  Nowadays, it is rare to find a cafe that is one-of-a-kind, not a chain and muchless, family owned. Of course we love our daily Starbucks or Caribou Coffee runs, but sometimes venturing out can lead you to a new favorite spot. Sunflour Baking Company, a small and quiet cafe filled with delicious drinks, baked goods and sandwiches- may […]

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Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Peppermint Chocolate Frappuccino

| June 3, 2015 | 0 Comments
Starbucks’ Secret Menu: Peppermint Chocolate Frappuccino

  Already feeling wintery even though summer’s just started? Looking for something to quench your festive spirit? We’ve got another number rolling in off Starbucks’ secret menu that could do just the trick! The next time you walk in, try asking the barista to make you a “peppermint chocolate frappuccino.” It’s a blend of vanilla, […]

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Five Summer Beauty Must-Haves

| June 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
Five Summer Beauty Must-Haves

  As the season changes, so does the beauty products that you use. To ensure you look your best throughout the summer of 2015, here are the top five beauty must-haves that you should have in your makeup bag. 1 SPF Whether it is a spray or lotion, always bring some form of SPF around with you in […]

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BYOB: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

| June 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Son” by Philipp Meyer

  “The Son” is a generational-western epic written by Philipp Meyer and released in 2013. Despite being raised in an ultra-southern family, forced to watch “Lonesome Dove” a hundred times over and working at an old country auction house for six years, I have to say that I am not a fan of westerns. That […]

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